42 minutes
All Ages

A platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to share important stories.

Moving-image works and animations demonstrate the constant, restless innovation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and art centres. Nici Cumpston OAM, Artistic Director, Tarnanthi

In recent years Aboriginal artists and filmmakers have created a series of off-beat short films and animations in their homelands and communities. Nearly all of the moving-image works in this selection premiered at Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s annual festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Their screening together as part of the Adelaide Film Festival presents a rare opportunity for viewers to see a dimension of First Nations creativity that is sometimes poignant, often light-hearted and always entertaining.

The featured works include the unmissable short film Never Stop Riding – billed by the Montreal First Peoples Festival as ‘the only Aboriginal Spaghetti Western ever shot’ – which was created by artists from Iwantja Arts in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Also from Iwantja Arts and the brush of artist Kaylene Whiskey is Kungka Kuṉpu, a celebration of pop culture that includes animated characters such as Aboriginal Wonder Woman and music icons Dolly Parton, Cher and Tina Turner.

The films include:
Iwantja Arts, Never Stop Riding, 2017
Iwantja Arts, Kungka Kuṉpu, 2019
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, The Meeting Place, 2019
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Petrol Been Wasting All Our Lives, 2017
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Hunting, 2019
Trudy Inkamala,  Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Trudy Inkamala, 2020**
Sally M Nangala Mulda, Tangentyere Artists, No Trouble Here, 2019
Grace Kemarre Robinya, Tangentyere Artists, Olden Times Cowboy Stories, 2020**
Betty Nungarrayi Conway, Tangentyere Artists, After Rain, 2020**

** 2020 Films on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of Tarnanthi 2020: Open Hands exhibition from 16 October 2020 – 31 January 2021.

Image 1: Film still featuring Kaylene Whiskey in Iwantja Arts Young Women’s film project Kungka Kuṉpu, 2019; © the artists and Iwantja Arts

Image 2 left to right: Patuway Mungkuri, Johnny Doolan, Peter Mungkuri, Vincent Namatjira, Michael Drover, and Kunmanara Andy from the Never Stop Riding film project, 2017, Indulkana, South Australia; image courtesy the artists and Iwantja Arts, photo: Jackson Lee

Film Type Short
Program Strand Short Film Programs